Does My Online Class Look Cheap? The Perceived Value of Digital Learning
|September 16, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Education, Technology||
Whether you are 21 or 61 years of age, odds are good that you or someone you know has taken an online class. Technological advances and improvements in digital learning have made higher education more accessible for both adult learners and residential students alike. Yet even with the added value of convenience, are online courses viewed as truly comparable to those held in ye olde lecture hall?
According to the report, The Digital Revolution and Higher Education, the prevalence of digital learning continues to increase, with 77 percent of college and university presidents surveyed confirming that such courses were offered through their institutions. Public four-year institutions were more likely (89 percent) to offer such courses than private (60 percent) institutions of higher education. Community colleges were most likely to offer online courses (82 percent), with research universities (79 percent) and liberal arts colleges (61 percent) less likely to have that option. One might infer from this data that the more exclusive the school, the lower the likelihood they offered any form of digital learning experience – although the reason or reasons why are not stated in the report.
Less than 1/3 (29 percent) of the adults polled felt online courses were equal in value to their more traditional brick and mortar counterparts, compared to over half (51 percent) of the college presidents, who found their value equal. In addition, approximately half of the college presidents expect robust growth in online learning over the next decade.
Do you feel online courses in higher education are equal in value to those taught in a classroom setting? What has been your experience with digital learning?